"Now gender services will move to regional children’s hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, and Alder Hey in Liverpool. Treatment, Cass says, will be holistic, taking into account autism traits, mental health and life experience. Yet already we learn GIDS staff will assist with the creation of these units. Activist groups such as Mermaids remain quiet, perhaps hoping they can assert influence. It will take generous funding, well-trained therapists and strict treatment protocols if we are to avoid the creation of more dark places, where opinion trumps data, and sunlight cannot reach."

Yes, this has me worried . . .

mental health services in this country are terrible, its all about the short term fixes, giving people years of therapy costs a fortune and they don't have the staff. the Travistock started out as a childrens mental health clinic.

[–] SecondSkin 3 points Edited

Agree mh services are hell here, and camhs the worst.

But this is an issue many children referred to to GIDS would never have needed mh help for if schools hadn’t fucked their heads up in the first place.

Every other social contagion that’s hit children and teens is something schools are expected to have policies in place to safeguard children from. Currently it’s schools children need safeguarded from, it’s teachers that pose the risk of this contagion.

Without schools (in the UK at least) roll in starting/propelling this there would be 90% less referrals of kids in need of mh help rather than the medicalisation they’ve been accessing.

very true, its laughable that things like conkers got banned from the school yard for being dangerous in case they got hurt and top trumps banned for causing punch ups. but the schools are allowing an ideology to flourish that rejects individuality and promotes drug use and cosmetic surgery.

It is starting in the US as well. They are pushing "gender identity" in elementary school to create lots of confused kids who will think they are trans because they are not a walking stereotype of a GI Joe or a Barbie.

Can I just say how jealous I am you UK women have Janice Turner...her writing is superb!